A master’s degree may be earned under either of two plans as determined by the advisory committee.

Plan A Master's Degree

This plan requires at least 21 credits of course work (plus 9 credits of GRAD 5950) and a written thesis describing original research in chemistry.

Coursework: Must include at least three credit hours of independent study carrying out laboratory work or theoretical research.

Master's Thesis: The Advisory Committee must approve the topic and scope of the thesis required. Specifications for preparation of the thesis can be obtained at the Graduate Record Office.

Plan B Master's Degree

Coursework: This plan requires 30 credits of course work but no thesis. The advisory committee may require more than the minimum number of credits.

Timeline and Deadlines

The candidate for a master’s degree must pass a final examination no later than one year after completion of course work and/or thesis. The committee will decide on the format of the exam.

Deadlines for the conferring of the degree are:

Summer Degree: August 31st

Fall Degree: December 31st

Spring Degree: 13 days before commencement

Students who qualify to pursue an M.S. degree, and who later wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree, must reapply for the Ph.D. program, and satisfy the qualification requirements for the Ph.D. program as if they were new students.

More Information

For more M.S. program information and guidelines, consult Chemistry's Graduate Student Handbook.